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Meet Japan’s spherical reconnaissance drone


Check out this spherical reconnaissance drone, built by the Japanese Ministry of Self-Defense. The sci-fi robot is 42cm in diameter, its featherweight body weighs only 350 grams, and the drone can zip along at speeds of 40 miles per hour.

Unfortunately, it can only stay in the air for about eight minutes, before crashing into the ground. Luckily, its spherical body allows it to roll upon landing to absorb much of the impact. That bouncy durability also comes in handy when navigating walls, stairs and window frames.

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